Introductory letter on President’s First Official Day

July 1, 2016

A message from Stanislaus State President Ellen Junn

Good morning! I am honored to greet you as the 11th president of California State University, Stanislaus. 

I first want to thank President Joseph F. Sheley for his wisdom and counsel over the past month, which helped prepare me for the journey that begins today. I am committed to carrying on his mission of engaging and empowering students, faculty and staff, alumni, and friends of the University throughout the Central Valley and beyond. On his watch, Stanislaus State transformed from a "best-kept secret" into a destination University that fosters pride — a place that nurtures the dreams of students, their families and the region. That is a wonderful legacy. I wish President Sheley and Dr. Bernadette Halbrook all the best in the next chapter of their lives.

I am so excited to be joining Stanislaus State because I have heard so much about the extraordinary and impressive faculty, staff and administrators on campus who are dedicated to supporting our talented and wonderful students, as well as the strong support from so many of members of the surrounding community, including many civic, government, artistic, business, and industry leaders and members in our region. I am very happy that I am able to join the Stanislaus family!

During my first weeks on campus I hope to meet as many of you as possible, whether in scheduled get‑togethers or during casual time on campus. Though you certainly may address me as President Junn, please trust that I prefer to be called Ellen.

I would be pleased to hear your thoughts or questions as I begin my presidency. Feel free to reach out to me at

Ellen Junn